Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 11:35 am  |  10 responses

Flip Saunders Reportedly Negotiating to Take Over David Kahn’s Job

The rumors have been out there for some time now, and according to NBA.com, former NBA head coach Flip Saunders will soon become the Minnesota Timberwolves’ GM. It appears that the David Kahn Era is coming to an end: “Saunders, 58, has been negotiating a contract that, with option years, could run through the 2017-18 season and could be worth more than $9 million over the full five years, according to league sources who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the hiring. The move, which could become official as soon as next week, would end David Kahn‘s controversial tenure after four seasons and an 89-223 record during which the Timberwolves’ failure to reach the playoffs stretched to nine consecutive seasons. Kahn’s contract includes a team option for 2013-14 that will not be exercised. Minnesota owner Glen Taylor and Saunders had been meeting in recent weeks, with Taylor confirming a report in March that Saunders was representing a group of prospective buyers interested in purchasing the franchise. Taylor, who turned 72 last week, has been seeking a minority investor or investors who eventually could take over majority control of the club. Saunders, contacted Thursday evening in Bristol, Conn., where he was working as an NBA studio analyst for ESPN, neither confirmed nor denied his return to the Wolves. [...] Saunders is the most successful coach in Minnesota franchise history, posting a 411-326 record in 9 1/2 seasons and steering the team to eight consecutive playoff berths. His time with the Wolves coincided with forward Kevin Garnett‘s ascendancy from high school draftee to perennial All-Star, NBA Most Valuable Player in 2004 and shoo-in Hall of Famer. The 2003-04 team reached the Western Conference finals before falling to the Lakers’ last Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant team. But the expectations that success fueled led to Saunders’ firing in February 2005 after stumbling to a 25-26 mark.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    What do you think of Kevin Love for Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic/Charlotte Bobcats pick?
    A front court of Noah and Love would be amazing.

  • Ugh

    Why would the Wolves do that?

    Also, that’s a Bulls frontline with less athleticism than the Grizzlies, which I didn’t think possible.

  • pposse

    for all we know Carlos Boozer is a better playoff performer than K Love. Way too much to give up for K Love – Jimmy Butler should not be going anywhere anytime soon (hopefully)

  • Caboose

    Since when is Noah unathletic?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhhhh, Bill Simmons made that up. Minnesota would not do that deal for Boozer. Only for Noah.
    Noah & Butler is way too much for Chicago to give up. They would just laugh at Minnesota.

  • http://twitter.com/ChillFrom91Til Allan

    So we wont be able to yell KAAAAAHHHHHNNNN anymore?!

  • melvo

    I feel like this is kinda disrespectful to David Kahn. He took a lot of heat for the moves he made early on, and know the Timberwolves are an up and coming team–when they’re healthy.

  • RunNGun

    How do you draft Rubio then go on to draft Flynn instead of Rubio? How do you draft Wes Johnson when Demarcus Cousins and Paul George were available? Unforgivable… if FLip takes over, all K-LOVE to the Bulls rumor can be squashed.

  • RunNGun

    What I meant to say was… how the f**k do you draft Flynn instead of Stephen Curry?

  • Max

    The most unathletic frontline is also one of the if not the best in the L.